February 2015 TCWT Blog Chain: Music and Writing

music-on-the-brainWhen I was first introduced to Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights, I had my classical playlist playing in the background. As the wandering, darkly lyrical Ysaye’s Violin Ballade reached its explosive coda, Heathcliff fled Wuthering Heights in anguish; Heathcliff’s lamentations and the violin melody melted into each other like a movie climax–the moment before everything shatters. Ever since then, I can’t think of Ysaye’s Ballade without being reminded of Heathcliff and vice versa.

On the other hand, Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice reminds me of Felix Mendelssohn’s free-spirited, energetic, and whimsical “Violin Concerto in E Minor”. And Cameron from Libba Bray’s Going Bovine evokes the Sex Pistols’s “Anarchy in the UK” for his punk, anarchical attitude and the sheer randomness of his story. And one of my favorite characters, Charley from Flowers for Algernon reminds me of “Almost Lover” by A Fine Frenzy, a song so perfectly fitting for the ambiguous, tragic relationship between Charley and Alice.

So to answer the question:

“How does music relate to your writing?” 

For me, music is writing and writing is music. I find it impossible to separate the two; they work together in synergetic passion to create masterpieces. The story of Titanic wouldn’t have been half as mesmerizing without James Horner’s hauntingly beautiful “Hymm to the Sea.” I walk through art galleries and feel every painting and sculpture overflowing with unspoken stories that my mind writes. And I can’t even imagine anyone would have the inspiration to dance without music.

All forms of art are connected.

And here are all the other lovely bloggers participating in this chain. Check them out!

6thhttp://jasperlindell.blogspot.com/ and https://vergeofexisting.wordpress.com/

7thhttp://novelexemplar.wordpress.com/

8thhttp://www.juliathewritergirl.com/

9thhttp://www.freeasagirlwithwings.wordpress.com/

10thhttps://ramblingsofaravis.wordpress.com/

11thhttp://butterfliesoftheimagination.wordpress.com/ andhttp://www.pamelanicolewrites.com/

12thhttp://randommorbidinsanity.blogspot.com/

13thhttp://miriamjoywrites.com/ andhttp://whileishouldbedoingprecal.weebly.com/

14thhttp://kirabudge.weebly.com/

15thhttp://lillianmwoodall.wordpress.com/ andhttp://erinkenobi2893.wordpress.com/

16thhttp://theedfiles.blogspot.com/ andhttp://fantasiesofapockethuman.blogspot.com/

17thhttp://irisbloomsblog.wordpress.com/ andhttp://musingsfromnevillesnavel.wordpress.com/

18thhttp://semilegacy.blogspot.com/ and http://from-stacy.blogspot.com/

19thhttp://horsfeathersblog.wordpress.com/

20thhttps://clockworkdesires.wordpress.com/

21sthttps://stayandwatchthestars.wordpress.com/ andhttp://arielkalati.blogspot.com/

22ndhttp://loonyliterate.com/ andhttps://www.mirrormadeofwords.wordpress.com/

23rdhttp://unikkelyfe.wordpress.com/

24thhttp://themagicviolinist.blogspot.com/ andhttp://allisonthewriter.wordpress.com/

25thhttp://missalexandrinabrant.wordpress.com/

26thhttp://awritersfaith.blogspot.com/ andhttp://thelonglifeofalifelongfangirl.wordpress.com/

27thhttp://nasrielsfanfics.wordpress.com/ andhttp://thelittleenginethatcouldnt.wordpress.com/

28th – https://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com/ (We’ll announce the topic for next month’s chain.)

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10 responses to “February 2015 TCWT Blog Chain: Music and Writing

  1. Oooh, I love this! Music has become increasingly inseparable from books/movies for me, too. I noticed it especially with the Great Gatsby. While the book version is obviously better than either of the movies, there was a level of magic that I felt while watching the newest version of the movie that I didn’t get with the book, and I think that can be attributed to the music. It worked so well that, to me, it became one with the larger story, and it really brought so much together.

    • Definitely! When I first watched the recent Great Gatsby movie, I thought Jay-Z rapping in the background clashed with the 1920s flapper outfits; but the more I watched, the more I felt that it actually complemented the garishly, over-the-top visuals, and contributed to the hedonistic atmosphere of the parties, while also adding a modern flair. Definitely a different feeling from the book but it wasn’t different in a bad way at all!

  2. Definitely love this point. With such awesome film music (Star Wars, Hobbit, Inception, you name it), it’s so difficult to separate the two. And totally love your last line–art is art. Delineating the boundaries is part of experimentation.

  3. It’s amazing how much music is a part of our lives, no? I just wanted a film from the 60’s in black and white, and it was okay, but I noticed that the use of music was very infrequent. I noticed it because I don’t notice it in other movies. Music is a seamless part of the way we present things nowadays, reading or writing, and suddenly taking it away changes it, more than we ever know.

    • Definitely! That’s why I think black and white films are so polarizing; you either love them or you hate them. Black and white films to me are just scraps of dialogue with flashes of visuals. You’re left with a lot of room for interpretation. On the other hand, modern films are a hodgepodge of different art forms that inundate your senses.

  4. All art forms truly are interconnected, but I love the way you described it here. Great post!

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